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Tax-Free Sales Of Corporate Stock

One day, you had an idea for a business. Acting on your dreams, you formed a corporation and opened a business. As it turned out, your business was highly successful but now you would like to step back, sell your stock, and enjoy the fruits of your labors. But you hesitate because you really don’t want to pay such a huge tax bill.

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Why Did The EU Order Apple To Pay Billions In Tax?

John Stancil

The background for the European Union (EU) assessing a $14.5 billion tax on Apple for its sales in Ireland is a rather complex maze of laws, treaties, and politics. It is not my purpose here to delve into those complexities. I am attempting a simple explanation of the issues involved and why the EU levied the tax, even though Apple and Ireland were both very content with thing the way there were.

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FAFSA Changes Simplify Life

John Stancil

If you are a college student or the parent of one, you are probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA. It is a long, tedious document to complete. Officially, it is supposed to take about 30 minutes to complete, but that time can expand significantly if you need to collect the information.

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Reverse Mortgages—Part Four Of Four

John Stancil

This is the fourth in a series of four articles on the mortgage interest deduction. (Read Part I, Part II, and Part III) Reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular as a vehicle for retired taxpayers to help fund their retirement. It’s hard to watch TV very long without seeing a pitch for reverse mortgages. What are the characteristics of a reverse mortgage, what are the tax implications, and what do taxpayers need to be aware of in regard to these loans? These are sometimes referred to as lifetime mortgages or home equity conversion mortgages (HECM).

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Special Mortgage Situations

This is the third in a series of four articles on home mortgage interest. (Read Part I and Part II). There are several special situations relating to deductions for home mortgage interest and other costs. This is a brief overview of each. You should check with your tax professional should any of these apply to you.

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Beware The “Federal Student Tax”

John Stancil

Scammers are currently targeting students and parents, posing as the IRS and calling to collect payment of the non-existent “Federal Student Tax.” Callers are demanding immediate payment and if refused, threaten to report the student to the police. As this is merely an attempt to separate you from your money, your best response is to hang up. There is no such tax, and the IRS does not utilize such collection methods.

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What Can Be Deducted As Home Mortgage Interest?

This is the second in a four-part series on home mortgages. (Click here to read Part 1 – The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction) We will examine what can be deducted as home mortgage interest. Interest on the debt is deductible up to the statutory limits on the amounts of deductible debt ($1,000,000 for acquisition debt, $100,000 for home equity debt). Interest on excess debt is personal debt and not deductible. In addition, any amount of home equity or refinanced debt that is not used build, buy, or improve the residence is also classified as non-deductible personal debt.

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The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

John Stancil

This is the first in a four-part series about home mortgage interest. One would think that deducting home mortgage interest on your taxes would be a simple, straightforward process. And for most taxpayers, it is. You get your 1098, enter the amount of interest shown on the form, and proceed to the next item. For others, the situation may not be quite so simple.

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Start-up And Organization Costs

John Stancil

When starting a business, the owners are likely to incur two classes of costs that are not normally encountered in the ongoing operations of the business and should not be included as operating expenses. These are start-up expenditures and organization costs. Each of these are specifically defined and receive special tax treatment.

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Vacation Homes and Other Short-Term Rentals

John Stancil

This is the final article in a five-part series on Passive Activities. (To read the previous articles, click the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

You own a beach cottage or a mountain cabin. As much as you would like to live there year-round, it just is not practical, so you rent it out when you are not using it. Is this taxable income? Can you deduct a loss? As with so much in taxes, the short answer is “it depends.”

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Disposition Of Passive Activity Property

John Stancil

This is part 4 of 5 in a series on Passive Activities. You can read the previous articles here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Nothing, it seems, lasts forever, and it is likely there will come a time when you will dispose of your passive rental activity. When this occurs, there are a number of issues that arise. What happens to those suspended losses that were previously denied? What is adjusted basis? What is depreciation recapture? Is there a profit or a loss on the sale? How much tax will I pay?

We will attempt to clarify these issues in this article.

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Real Estate Professionals And Passive Losses

John Stancil

This is part 3 of 5 in a series on Passive Activities (see Part 1 and Part 2).

Passive loss rules do not apply to real estate professionals. However, the rules for who is a real estate professional for tax purposes are rather specific and the IRS enforces these rules rather strictly. If one is classified as a real estate professional, any losses are treated as ordinary losses and may be deducted against other income sources. Gains are taxed at ordinary income rates, however, income from rental activities is not subject to self-employment tax. However, rent is one of the categories of income that is subject to the Net Investment Income Tax, so there may be an additional 3.8% tax on these profits.

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